Here's a question written by a newcomer with a small starting rep. It currently has a total negative score of -7, and four close votes (including the one I just cast). It was written 13 hours ago and has not yet been closed. Jeesh!
Granted, the question has problems! But it's hard for people to learn how to pose better questions when this level of negative voting occurs.
It would be different if it were an established participant who was asking something outrageous like, How can I take revenge on my competitor and steal his best grad student -- or something like that. I did once see an outrageous question posed by someone with a pretty good rep, that got a lot of downvotes. That can happen, and my point is that Nikki's question is not in that realm.
Friends, can't we be reasonable and stop downvoting such a question when it gets to -3, and instead focus our efforts on closing the question swiftly and painlessly?
I will change my suggested floor to -4 based on the answer by @strongbad.